When South Africa wanted to name their “Cricketer of the Century” at the end of 1999, they produced a 10 man short list. Only 3 of them were not white. 2 of the 3 (Basil D’Oliveira and Frank Roro) are already safely ensconced in my top order. I’m going to add the third, ERIC PETERSEN, to my bowling attack because a quota is no cause for compromise and I want everyone unequivocally worth their place.
On the SACBOC Tour of Kenya in 1958/59 (Captained by D’Oliveira) in 3 “Tests” Petersen took 21 wickets at 8.33.
Also a good lower order batsman, Petersen would generally open as a genuine fast bowler, before dialing back to an accurate swinging medium fast and then a big-spinning medium pace off-break bowler. He was considered virtually “unplayable” on the matting wickets of the coloured leagues of the time.
In a draft where there are only a few good genuine spin options to pick from, due to the nature of pitches in SA which support pace more than spin, I am amazed that I got Hugh Tayfield still available.
The right arm off-spinner played between the years 1949 and 1960 and is often regarded as not only South Africa's greatest ever spin bowler, but also one of the greatest off-spinners to have ever played Test cricket.
Team PD la Quotea:
Dean Elgar Temba Bavuma
AB de Villiers JP Duminy
Andile Phehlukwayo Wayne Parnell
Vernon Philander Hugh Tayfield Charl Langeveldt